Destinations

Rescuers recover six bodies after White Island eruption

New Zealand authorities have begun the process of retrieving the bodies of the remaining victims of the tragic volcanic eruption on New Zealand’s White Island.

The retrieval has proven to be an extremely high-risk operation, with military and police specialists forced to wear breathing gear and protective clothing and scientists warning that gasses on the island are so toxic that a single breath could be fatal, according to ABC News.

On Wednesday, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern said the island is an “unpredictable and rapidly changing environment” and police minister Stuard Nash said authorities had to carefully consider safety risks to ensure rescuers landing on the island could do so safely.

The operation began at 10:30am local time and took around half an hour to prepare six of the eight bodies and fly them to a nearby ship.

According to Police commissioner Mike Bush, one of the two remaining bodies is thought to be in the water but bad weather prevented rescuers from approaching it today, the Guardian reported.

It is not yet known where the last body is.

New Zealand Police posted a Tweet this morning confirming the operation was going to plan but it was taking longer than expected due to the protective equipment rescuers had to wear.

Yesterday the death toll of the eruption climbed to eight, including seven Australians, but that number is expected to rise as the bodies retrieved today are identified.

A total of 47, including 24 Australians, were on White Island, or Whakaari, as part of a shore excursion for Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas when a volcanic eruption occurred. Seven of the 24 have been confirmed dead with the remainder either in critical conditions suffering from severe burns or unaccounted for.

The process of transferring 10 of the critically injured Australians to hospitals in New South Wales and Victoria began yesterday.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Aviation

Boeing: Judge orders pilots suing manufacturer over 737 MAX to reveal their names

by Christian Fleetwood

Pilots suing Boeing over lost wages have been given an ultimatum: reveal their names or withdraw the case.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Failed travel agency issued customers fake plane tickets before going under

Yet another travel agency has filed for liquidation, this time after issuing customers with fake plane tickets.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Investigation underway after flight attendant falls from parked plane

by Christian Fleetwood

A flight attendant has been seriously injured after falling out the door of a parked aircraft.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Cue the wanderlust: These are the world’s most Instagrammed forests

In an era where experiences, purpose and sustainability are driving travel, visiting the world’s forests is a great way to encourage travellers to leave no trace.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Aussie airports on alert for deadly coronavirus as US confirms its first case

by Ali Coulton

Health authorities are working with airports to quell the risk of a pandemic of the deadly novel coronavirus.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Trivago licks its wounds after court loss, as industry bodies applaud ruling

by Huntley Mitchell

Trivago has responded to the Federal Court’s ruling that it misled consumers about hotel room rates on its website and in its TV ads. Find out what the OTA had to say here.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Lonely Planet launches its first tour range

by Ali Coulton

The iconic travel publisher has teamed up with Intrepid Travel to “bring its guide books to life”. We’re not sure if that means the tours will be led by giant talking books.

Share

CommentComments

Midweek Interview

Midweek Interview with Collette’s Lexy Wildash

This week, Collette’s marketing specialist gave us tips on how to get the perfect money shot at the Trevi Fountain without getting mobbed by crowds.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: Silversea’s new grand voyage, Hurtigruten launches bushfire appeal, Crystal’s new river deployments + MORE!

Not spending your Wednesday cruising through the Mediterranean? Perusing this week’s Cruise Wrap is the next best thing. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

The easiest (and most enjoyable) way to become a Phuket expert

by Sponsored by the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Are you an agent looking to sharpen your selling skills for Thailand’s largest island without having to read boring books or complete online training modules? Herein lies the solution.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Aviation Wrap: Emirates pledges bushfire support, Qantas returns to Byron Bay + MORE!

This week’s Aviation Wrap is brought to you by Travel Weekly’s roving reporter, who has decided to wear compression socks with thongs to the office today. It’s not a good look.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin strengthens ANA codeshare agreement ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Sadly though, we won’t get to witness Sir Richard Branson ride a baggage carousel with pretend giant sushi in celebration of this news.

Share

CommentComments